Updated: "Biscuit tin" bomb hoaxer hunted in Brighton

Streets were brought to a standstill earlier today after a hoaxer planted a fake bomb made from a battery and a "biscuit tin".


A large area around Buckingham Road in Brighton was blocked off for hours after officers were alerted to the suspicious package found fixed to a wall.


Bomb disposal teams were scrambled to the scene outside Derwent Court at around midday after the mysterious “device” was spotted by a member of the public.


Police cordons were placed from Albert Road to Upper North Street while remote-control robots moved in for a closer look.


At one point a loud bang was heard as expert officers performed a controlled explosion.


After three hours, police announced the device posed no threat to the public and the streets were re-opened.

Police said they were now hunting for a hoaxer after determining the fake bomb had been “deliberately made and was intended to cause alarm”.

One bystander, who spotted the object on the wall, said: “It looked like a biscuit tin wrapped in paper with a battery glued to the side.

“I thought it was an art installation or something at first – it’s a very odd place for a bomb.

“I didn’t think much of it, but then I heard the sirens.”

Another relieved resident said: “The police started coming round telling everyone to stay in their houses. It was a bit scary.

“I’m just glad it wasn’t a real bomb and that no one was hurt. I hope they find whoever made the fake bomb – they’ve certainly caused a lot of trouble.”

Neighbourhood response Inspector Paul Ransome said: "It appears that this object was deliberately made and intended to cause alarm, even though on expert examination it posed no threat.

"We will always take matters of this nature seriously and an investigation is now underway.

"I would like to thank the local community for their cooperation."

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1:12pm Fri 6 Dec 13

The Prophet of Doom says...

It's probably a "Keysafe" for an elderly person's flat.
It's probably a "Keysafe" for an elderly person's flat. The Prophet of Doom

3:43pm Fri 6 Dec 13

upsidedowntuctuc says...

Was it a cycle with lights on it?
Was it a cycle with lights on it? upsidedowntuctuc

5:20pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Telscombe Cliffy says...

Could be an art installation, lots around Brighton
Could be an art installation, lots around Brighton Telscombe Cliffy

5:25pm Fri 6 Dec 13

melee says...

I saw the bomb disposal squad go belting past with lights and sirens at 10am this morning. I wonder what the suspicious device looks like? All very mysterious!
I saw the bomb disposal squad go belting past with lights and sirens at 10am this morning. I wonder what the suspicious device looks like? All very mysterious! melee

6:32pm Fri 6 Dec 13

PC10RV says...

So, no developments to this important story since it was announced as breaking news over five hours ago?
It is a great shame that poor, lazy journalism such as this has become the norm in the Argus. Maybe we should rely on the Leader for topical local reporting?
So, no developments to this important story since it was announced as breaking news over five hours ago? It is a great shame that poor, lazy journalism such as this has become the norm in the Argus. Maybe we should rely on the Leader for topical local reporting? PC10RV

8:43pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Hove Actually says...

PC10RV wrote:
So, no developments to this important story since it was announced as breaking news over five hours ago? It is a great shame that poor, lazy journalism such as this has become the norm in the Argus. Maybe we should rely on the Leader for topical local reporting?
At least with the Leader the story will only be a week old....
[quote][p][bold]PC10RV[/bold] wrote: So, no developments to this important story since it was announced as breaking news over five hours ago? It is a great shame that poor, lazy journalism such as this has become the norm in the Argus. Maybe we should rely on the Leader for topical local reporting?[/p][/quote]At least with the Leader the story will only be a week old.... Hove Actually

8:52pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Hove Actually says...

The Prophet of Doom wrote:
It's probably a "Keysafe" for an elderly person's flat.
Or another parking meter
[quote][p][bold]The Prophet of Doom[/bold] wrote: It's probably a "Keysafe" for an elderly person's flat.[/p][/quote]Or another parking meter Hove Actually

11:00pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Maxwell's Ghost says...

The biscuit tin bomber must be crackers
The biscuit tin bomber must be crackers Maxwell's Ghost

11:33pm Fri 6 Dec 13

the red head says...

Sounds a bit jammy dodgy
Sounds a bit jammy dodgy the red head

11:52pm Fri 6 Dec 13

PorkBoat says...

Probably a piece of "art" or just an exercise to keep us all trembling in fear that "terrorists" are lurking round every corner. Jostling for space with the paedos, probably.
Probably a piece of "art" or just an exercise to keep us all trembling in fear that "terrorists" are lurking round every corner. Jostling for space with the paedos, probably. PorkBoat

5:17am Sat 7 Dec 13

Boloney-marshal says...

I remember witnessing a similar incident way back in the 70's outside the Ritz hotel but we didn't get into a Flapjack.
I remember witnessing a similar incident way back in the 70's outside the Ritz hotel but we didn't get into a Flapjack. Boloney-marshal

5:48am Sat 7 Dec 13

upsidedowntuctuc says...

Took ages when a simple slam Dunk would have done.
Maybe itr was left by the recycle people because the battery was not separated from the tin?
Did it have a fluffy kitten or festive puppies on the box?
Took ages when a simple slam Dunk would have done. Maybe itr was left by the recycle people because the battery was not separated from the tin? Did it have a fluffy kitten or festive puppies on the box? upsidedowntuctuc

11:53am Sat 7 Dec 13

power_ranger says...

I blame the greens.
I blame the greens. power_ranger

12:06pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

Well on a positive note at least the traffic would have been moving faster than normal

Sooner the greens are gone the better
Well on a positive note at least the traffic would have been moving faster than normal Sooner the greens are gone the better Somethingsarejustwrong

1:24pm Sat 7 Dec 13

JHunty says...

power_ranger wrote:
I blame the greens.
Indeed it was probably the anti green faction within the green party that did it.
[quote][p][bold]power_ranger[/bold] wrote: I blame the greens.[/p][/quote]Indeed it was probably the anti green faction within the green party that did it. JHunty

5:06pm Sat 7 Dec 13

PorkBoat says...

Boloney-marshal wrote:
I remember witnessing a similar incident way back in the 70's outside the Ritz hotel but we didn't get into a Flapjack.
I remember that. Some people's emotions were up and down like a Yo-Yo. The hoaxers made a Breakaway in a Taxi. Nice. They were found in a local Club, drinking Bourbon, one was a Scotsman called McVitie, the other an Italian called Garibaldi. They were.....


Pork Boat's Nurse.

It's OK, I gave him an injection, he's sleeping in his padded room now.
[quote][p][bold]Boloney-marshal[/bold] wrote: I remember witnessing a similar incident way back in the 70's outside the Ritz hotel but we didn't get into a Flapjack.[/p][/quote]I remember that. Some people's emotions were up and down like a Yo-Yo. The hoaxers made a Breakaway in a Taxi. Nice. They were found in a local Club, drinking Bourbon, one was a Scotsman called McVitie, the other an Italian called Garibaldi. They were..... Pork Boat's Nurse. It's OK, I gave him an injection, he's sleeping in his padded room now. PorkBoat

6:56pm Sat 7 Dec 13

FatherTed11 says...

Were any Kit-Cats harmed in the explosion?
Were any Kit-Cats harmed in the explosion? FatherTed11

10:39pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Somedude12345 says...

Hope it wasn't chocolate biscuits they blew up :-(
Hope it wasn't chocolate biscuits they blew up :-( Somedude12345

10:39pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Somedude12345 says...

That's taking the biscuit!
That's taking the biscuit! Somedude12345

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